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Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1. The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates. PEN is […]

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Lawmakers recommend two new specialty plates

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators recommended that the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles give specialty license plates to the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association and the 500 Festival to help the organizations raise money. The Roads and Transportation Interim Study Committee met on Tuesday to review what the two groups’ applications. Originally, the committee […]

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Lawmakers will review specialty plate applications Tuesday

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative committee will meet on Tuesday to review which nonprofit groups should get specialty license plates to help them make money. The Roads and Transportation Interim Study Committee will review seven organizations’ applications for specialty license plates but only five will get plates. Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, the […]

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Wyss: Specialty group plate distribution must be fair

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The chair of a new legislative study committee said that fairness is key when dealing with special group recognition license plates. Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said repeatedly at the first meeting of the Special Group Recognition License Plate Committee that groups that meet all necessary criteria for a […]

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State suspends personalize plates pending lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will suspend its personalized license plate program as it waits for the outcome of a class-action lawsuit filed by a man whose plate was revoked by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The program allows car owners to pay an extra fee to be able to choose […]

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Senate passes bill to regulate license plates for nonprofit groups

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill that would require nonprofit groups to sell 500 specialty license plates per year or lose the plate passed the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1279 is meant to address a sometimes controversial specialty license plate system in which the state serves as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Supporters of […]

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Senate committee passes specialty license plate bill

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Tuesday that will require nonprofit organizations to sell 500 specialty license plates per year or lose the plate all together. House Bill 1279, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, is meant to address a sometimes controversial specialty license plate system in which the […]

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Bill would cancel specialty plates for groups that sell fewer than 500

By Brittany Muncy TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require not for profit organizations to sell at least 500 specialty license plates per year or lose them passed the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 1279 – authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso – now moves to the full House for consideration. The […]

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New license plate celebrates Indiana bicentennial in 2016

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s new standard license plate will promote Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former congressman Lee Hamilton – the co-chairs of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – unveiled the new design Thursday. It will be one of two standard plate options for Indiana vehicle owners for […]

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Nonprofits say they want to keep their specialty license plates

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Patriot Guard Riders and the Indiana chapter of the Greenways Foundation are two non-profits that are not normally associated with each other. Yet, both groups testified Wednesday in favor of keeping their non-profit license plates. The Interim Study Committee on Special Group Recognition License Plates met to decide […]

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